Busy? Then why not take a pause…
Do you find yourself rushing through your day moving from one task to another? How often do you hear yourself saying I don’t have enough time? Then perhaps you need to start taking a pause.
Taking a pause might seem counterintuitive when you are so busy but there are many benefits from adopting this simple practice:
- Finding even a couple of moments here and there will give you an opportunity to recharge.
- You get the chance to take a step back and perhaps make some different choices.
- If you need to get creative, solve a problem or make a decision, taking a pause and letting the answer emerge can come up with some surprising results.
So how do you do this?
The first thing to do is to remind yourself to take a pause. It helps if you attach your pauses to a routine activity that happens several times a day such as walking between meetings, having a cuppa, getting in the car (before you drive) or you can simply set a reminder to take several pauses throughout the day.
A pause can literally be a breath or two. You just inhale and exhale and feel yourself breathing for a few moments. Or you can take a longer more structured pause by following these steps:
- As you pause, check in with yourself and ask yourself the question “what’s going on for me right now?”
- Then focus on your breath or, if you are walking, pay attention to the sensations of your body as you move.
- Every time your mind wanders off to the past or the future, simply notice that it has wandered and bring it back to your breath or the sensations of movement.
- At the end of your pause check in with yourself to see how you are feeling now. And before moving on take a moment to decide what you need to do next to get the best out of yourself and the rest of your day.
So how often do you need to take a pause?
Well, to get a new habit the more times you do it the more it becomes something you do naturally. Try starting with 2 or 3 pauses and see where that takes you.
Remember. It takes very little time out of your day to take a few pauses and yet it can have surprising benefits. So why not give it a try.